Our American culture’s overemphasis on happiness at the expense of sadness might be dangerous, a wanton forgetting of an essential part of a full life. I further am wary in the face of this possibility: to desire only happiness in a world undoubtedly tragic is to become inauthentic, to settle for unrealistic abstractions that ignore concrete situations. I am finally fearful over our society’s efforts to expunge melancholia from the system. Without the agitations of the soul, would all of our magnificently yearning towers topple? Would our heart-torn symphonies cease?
Science is distrusted not because of what it can do, but because people don’t understand how it does what it can do — and that absence of understanding, or misunderstanding, of the power of science is what makes people afraid. … Just because you don’t understand it, doesn’t mean it’s bad for you — go figure out how it works! So that you can make an informed judgment and draw your own conclusions rather than tune into a particular TV station to have your conclusions handed to you.
—  Neil Degrasse Tyson

Ted Bundy is classed as a high factor 1 psychopath by many modern psychologists. Meaning he was intelligent and displayed few signs of psychopathy as a child, understanding social expectations quickly and learning how to mask his true desires from a very early age.

He even fooled top psychiatrists while imprisoned, with one psychologist initially diagnosing Bundy with Bipolar Disorder. After a closer analysis, she finally concluded that he may be a “true psychopath”.

Happy people think they’re good at empathising with the pain of others. They’re wrong.

Which of your friends - the happier, or the more melancholy - is better at spotting your excitement that Chris is attending your birthday, or that a B+ has left you disappointed?

Evidence suggests that more upbeat people consider themselves especially empathic, and it would be reasonable to believe them, given that they know more people on average, and tend to form deeper, more trusting relationships. The reality, however, is more complicated. New research led by Yale’s Hillary Devlin suggests that cheerful people may think they’re high in empathy, but their confidence outstrips their ability.


4 Words Everyone Around You Is Using Completely Wrong

They may be joking. They may not mean any harm. But you’re the kind of person who thinks being kind is more valuable than a good punchline, right?

And then, only a moment ago, some small arboreal mammals scampered down from the trees. They became upright and taught themselves the use of tools, domesticated other animals, plants and fire, and devised language. The ash of stellar alchemy was now evolving consciousness. At an ever-accelerating pace, it developed writing, cities, art and science, and sent spaceships to the planets and the stars. These are some of the things that hydrogen atoms do, given fifteen billion years of cosmic evolution.
—  Carl Sagan, Cosmos